Graduate Faculty Appointments
To describe the organization, privileges, and responsibilities of the various types of Graduate Faculty appointment.
The Graduate Faculty consists of members of the university faculty and other persons qualified by training and experience who are duly nominated and appointed. Only members of the Graduate Faculty may teach courses for graduate credit, supervise master’s programs and theses, or serve on doctoral committees.
There are four variations of Graduate Faculty, which are listed below:
This table shows the organization and privileges of the various types of Graduate Faculty appointment.
|Type of Graduate Faculty Appt.||Employed by||Type of Faculty Appt.||Teach Graduate Courses||Serve on Master’s & Doctoral Committees*||Chair** Master’s Committees||Serve as GSR on Doctoral Committees||Chair Doctoral Committees||Co-Chair Doctoral Committees|
|Regular||KU||Tenure-Track||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||Yes, unless Dissertation status was discontinued|
|Emeritus/ Emerita - Regular||KU - Retired Emeritus/ Emerita||N/A||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||No||Yes, unless Dissertation status was discontinued|
|Emeritus/ Emerita - Dissertation||KU - Retired Emeritus/ Emerita||N/A||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Special Member||KU or its Affiliates||Non-Tenure-Track||Yes||Yes||No***||No||No||Yes, if a Graduate Faculty member with Dissertation status serves as chair|
* The term “doctoral committee” refers to both oral comprehensive and dissertation defense committees.
** A faculty member with the appropriate status may chair a degree committee alone or co-chair a degree committee with another faculty member
*** For approved professional master’s degree programs (listed in exclusions and special circumstances), the committee may be composed as described above, or any number of the committee members may be professors of the practice in the department/program.
Graduate Studies will manage any exceptions to the policy outlined above. Requests for exceptions must be made in writing to the Dean of Graduate Studies. They should detail the exception requested and the extraordinary circumstances that have resulted in the request.
The following master’s programs are approved to utilize professors of the practice committee composition as outlined elsewhere in this policy:
- Master of Science in Engineering Management
6/3/16: Technical edits to bring policy in line with new Emeritus/Emerita Graduate Faculty policy approved by SVPAA on 2 June 2016. - Amber Roberts Graham
6/1/16: Removed outdated link from the Related Forms section. Added comments to Related Procedures outlining how to pursue Graduate Faculty appointments and status renewals. - Amber Roberts Graham
11/30/12: Updated policy approved by the Executive Council of Graduate Faculty and the Dean of Graduate Studies
3/14/08: Added to KU Policy Library by Absinthe Algaier